Resource 2: How to become an effective Rational/Cognitive therapist...

Pale-Green-Logo2.gifResource 2: How to become an effective Rational/Cognitive therapist (CBT/R-RET[PE])

by Dr Jim Byrne

Copyright (c) Jim Byrne 1999-2013 

This resource pack can be studied in your own way, for your own purposes, at your own pace; or it can be used as the basis to study for:


The ABC/I-CENT CPD Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)/Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)...


Counselling mind skills – No.1: Creating rules. “People’s unrealistic rules make irrational demands on them, others, and the environment.  For instance, ‘I must always be happy’, ‘Others must look after me’, and ‘My environment should not contain any suffering’.  Instead they can develop realistic rules.  For instance, ‘I prefer to be happy much of the time, but it is unrealistic to expect this all the time’.”

Richard Nelson-Jones (2002) Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills: The skilled client model. Page 9. (12)


There are three options from which you can choose: a classical REBT approach; a Reformed REBT approach; and a middle way between those options.

You can gain your 30-hour Continuing Professional Development Certificate at your own pace over a period of from two weeks to three months; and you will receive a handsome certificate upon successful completion of the course, and submission of your written assignment.


To gain access to this resource, please click this link to pay the access fee of £4.75 GBP.***

Once you have paid your fee, you will be transferred to the appropriate web page for Resource 2.  At the top of that web page, you will find a link to pay your enrolment fee for the CPD Certificate, which costs £9.75 GBP.***

At the end of the course, when you are submitting your written assignment, you will be required to pay an assessment and certification fee of £19.75 GBP.***


Additional Information

all-out-ellis2.jpgHello and welcome to this introduction to Learning Resource 2.  This page has been developed over a long period of time - more than 13 years.  It reflects my own journey through the learning of Classical Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), and on into my years of trying to make sense of some of the conflicts within REBT, beginning in 2001 with my attempt to defend Classical REBT from a serious criticism by Bond and Dryden (1996) - who claimed that two core hypotheses of REBT were untestable.

And on into the period beginning in early 2005, when Dr Albert Ellis was removed from office at the Albert Ellis Institute, and I (and various colleagues) tried to defend him and get him reinstated.  And then the publication of his autobiography - All Out! - in 2010, when it began to be clear to me just how damaged Dr Ellis was as a small child, and how that damage affected the shape he gave to Classical REBT; culminating this year in the publication of my book, A Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis's childhood, and the strengths and limitations of REBT.


Dr.Janet.Wolfe.jpgOver that protracted period of time, especially from 2009 onwards, I have written a range of papers on the problems that exist with some aspects of REBT theory, out of which came Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT).  But for those who do not wish to abandon REBT wholly, for a new form of integrative therapy, it is also possible to generate Reformed REBT, which takes account of the weaknesses of REBT, and removes them.  This still leaves a good deal of Classical REBT intact.

Whether you are (a) interested in REBT as a system of counselling, to use with your clients (in counselling, therapy, social work, or another caring profession); or (b) you are a student seeking to explore alternative approaches to counselling and therapy; or (c) you need a specifically CBT-form of continuing professional development; or (d) you are a self-help enthusiast, looking for ways to manage your own thinking, feeling and behaviour; this page has a lot to offer you.  Of course, you might also be an established Classical REBT therapist who wants to explore the Reformed variant of REBT which is presented here.

Imagine how powerful was the sexist storywhich caused us all to overlook the fact that Janet Wolfe spent 35 years of her life, working sixty-hour weeks, to refine, promote and deliver REBT to the world.  How we all chanted: Al is the man!  Al is the man!  Al is the only man!


New introduction to to this resource page

Dr Jim Byrne

24th August 2013 (Updated 27th November 2013)

Pale-Green-Logo2.gifClassical REBT was created by Dr Albert Ellis, beginning in the period 1953-1962, when he wrote a series of papers which were later published as Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy(1962).  But even after that publication, REBT continued to be revised and refined, as more and more problems, issues, resistances, difficulties, and new ideas were encountered. (And it is doubtful that REBT could have grown as it did, if it had not had Janet, [and Ray and Dom], and a host of others, working in the shadow of the 'great man'.  And early on, Al collaborated with Robert Harper to refine some of the key elements of REBT).  In the late 1990s, a new series of videos, the Master Therapist series, began to emerge from the Albert Ellis Institute, in which it was argued that not everybody had to do REBT the way Dr Ellis did; and the most notable feature of that series was Dr Janet Wolfe actually offering TLC (tender loving care) to one of her clients[1].  This was unheard of in Dr Ellis's work, as he tended to be cool and detached (having a pretty extreme avoidant attachment style).


Despite this series of videos declaring, in effect, that ‘...a thousand blossoms should be able to bloom', it probably continued to be the case that REBT was dominated by the personality of Dr Albert Ellis, who, in his autobiography, written in 2006-07 and published in 2010, three years after his death, wrote that, in a certain sense, he was REBT, and REBT was him.  Of course, that reality began to unravel in 2004-5...

The main reason the Master Therapist video series failed to reform REBT was that it did not accurately identify the problem.  It assumed that the problem was at the level of Albert Ellis's mannerisms and manners - but it was not.

A_Wounded_Psychother_Cover_for_Kindle.jpgThis is one of the central problems of REBT, because Dr Albert Ellis was a ‘wounded psychotherapist' - See my book, A Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis's childhood, and the strengths and limitations of REBT.***

Because of his psychological wounds, arising out of his dysfunctional family of origin, Dr Ellis built several serious flaws into REBT, which have to be removed to make the system both sensible and safe for clients and the wider world.  The Master Therapist series of videos failed to understand this deep wounding of Dr Ellis, and it was interesting to watch Ray DiGiuseppe doing REBT just like Albert Ellis, minus the superficial mannerisms.

Thus we arrive at a period in history where we present two forms of REBT:

1. Classical REBT, as largely formulated and shaped by Dr Albert Ellis (with lots of help from others - but still marked by his deep psychological wound);


2. Reformed RET, as largely formulated and shaped by Dr Jim Byrne.

The useful and accurate elements of Classical REBT should still be studied, but students and practitioners should also take into account the CENT critique of Classical REBT.  That combination - of Classical and Reformed REBT - is what is offered on this new Resource page:

Classical REBT with some Reformed Elements

If you want to study this combination, then you have come to the right page.

DrJim_in-Scarboro_2010c.jpgI have been compiling and updating this extensive resource on REBT since 1999, and it contains most of the main features of classical REBT; from the ABC model, through the four forms of irrational beliefs, to the process of disputation, to the resultant effective new philosophy. 

I also provide links to a number of videos which illustrate various aspects of the theory and practice of Classical REBT; plus some links to books; and some links to CENT papers which critique some aspects of Classical REBT - and hint at some of the emerging elements of Reformed REBT.


To gain access to this resource pack, please click this link to pay the access fee of £4.75 GBP at ClickBank.***


This resource pack - Resource 2, on REBT - is a very popular and highly valued learning resource.  It consists of a 13,000-word description of the essence of Classical REBT theory and practice (combined with some elements of Reformed REBT); supported by 17 video clips. 

There is also a comprehensive self-study program in Classical REBT: comprising an REBT Workbook, linked to two videos and two PowerPoint presentations. 

And there are also links to recommended books and papers/articles, and academic assignments, on counselling and therapy.

Plus an overview of my new self-study program in Reformed RET/CBT (Post Ellis).

*Bonus feature*: Today (17th September 2013) I have added Chapter 9 from my book, A Wounded psychotherapist: Albert Ellis's childhood...  Chapter 9 is entitled The Strengths and Limitations ofREBT.  This is a 20-page document with the following section headings: Introductory comments; Discovering the power of REBT to help; Teaching and doing REBT with clients; Up against the limitations of REBT; Discovering the importance of morality; The client is not going to get rid of their irrationality anytime soon; REBT and empathy; The CENT critique of REBT; The next step; Critique of the ABC model; and: Realistic expectations.


*Bonus feature 2*: I have now (19th September) added a second bonus to this resource page.  It is Chapter 4 of my book entitled A Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis's childhood...  Chapter 4 is titled: Moral philosophy and the roots of unrealistic acceptance of others; and involves a critique of the amorality of the concept of Unconditional Acceptance of self and others.

The section headings in this chapter include: Excusing his parents; Muddled thinking; The power of social experience; Fundamental individualistic amoralism; The influence of environment on morals; The CENT revolution; The madness of unconditional acceptance of Hitler.


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[1] Wolfe, J. (1997) Woman coping with depression and anger over teenagers' behaviour.  A video recording: Master Therapists: Live Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy Sessions.  New York: Albert Ellis Institute. 


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